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Doctor insights on: Kawasaki Disease Medscape

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Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

Is kawasaki disease one of an auto immune disease?

No it is not: Kawasaki is an fever involving illness of childhood which leads to inflammation of medium-sized vessels in the body, most notably those contained within the heart. The cause of this illness is unknown but many believe that it is viral-mediated. ...Read more

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What is kawasaki disease?

What is kawasaki disease?

Serious illness: KD is an acute febrile vasculitis syndrome of childhood. Also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. Symptoms are fever, rash, conjunctival injection, cervical lymphadenitis, inflammation of the lips and oral cavity, and erythema and edema of the hands and feet. Coronary aneurysms develop in 25% of untreated children. It is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the USA. ...Read more

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Is kawasaki disease contagious?

No. : Kd is not contagious, but there are environmental factors that may include infections, perhaps viral. Viral infections can of course can be passed from person to person. Therefore, kd occurs in clusters, but no one catches kd directly from another person. ...Read more

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Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Are kawasaki syndrome (or kawasaki disease) and heart murmur related?

Occasionally: Kawasaki disease can lead to most commonly a specific rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and specific changes to the lips/tongue and hands/feet. However, there are specific changes that can occur in the heart. Occasionally this may lead to a murmur, which is a specific sound of blood flowing through the heart. Most often, though, kawasaki disease causes heart inflammation without a murmur. ...Read more

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Is coronary heart disease an infectious disease?

Is coronary heart disease an infectious disease?

UNPROVEN: There has been concern regarding an infectious/inflammatory cause. However studies looking at this have not demonstrated an infectious cause. Inflammation appears to play a role but still a lot of work to be done in this area. ...Read more

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Is polyarteritis nodosa an autoimmune disease?

Is polyarteritis nodosa an autoimmune disease?

Polyarteritis causes: The answer to your question is "it may be" an auto-immune disorder. Polyarthritis is most often caused by an auto-immune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, amyloidosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus erythematosus. In addition, it may also be caused by infection with an alphavirus such as chikungunya virus and ross river virus. Ask your physician for more information in your instance. ...Read more

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Is paget's disease fatal?

Is paget's disease fatal?

Which?: Paget's disease of bone is a relatively benign and self-limited condition which can sometimes cause pain and in the worst case, deformity or fragility. But paget's disease of the breast is often a manifestation of an underlying breast cancer, which can certainly be fatal if untreated. ...Read more

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Is gaucher disease rare?

Is gaucher disease rare?

Uncommon: This genetic problem occurs in about one in 50, 000 to one in 100, 000 people. There are several types. One is more common in certain ethnic groups. ...Read more

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Lyme disease treatment?

Lyme disease treatment?

Depends: Lyme disease is easily treatable once it is diagnosed, which is sometimes difficult given current testing. Early Lyme is treated with doxycycline for 14-21 days. Disseminated Lyme (meningitis, carditis, Bell's Palsy) is treated 21-28 days and Lyme arthritis, a single swollen joint, is treated 28 days. Later Lyme is either treated with doxycycline or, in more severe cases, IV ceftriaxone. ...Read more

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Is kawasaki diseases contagious?

Is kawasaki diseases contagious?

No: Kawasaki syndrome is a systemic vasculitis that is not spread person to person. It does occur in mini-epidemics and it occurs in siblings of affected patients more frequently than the general population suggesting a common exposure to an infectious agent as the trigger. ...Read more

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Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?

Is rheumatic heart disease an autoimmune disorder?

Rheumatic disease: In a sense, yes. You get a strep pharyngitis infection that creates millions of antibodies to fight the infection. Some of those antibodies can turn rogue and recognize a component of the heart valves as foreign, leading to an immunologic attack on the heart valves. ...Read more

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Is polyarteritis nodosa always an autoimmune disease?

Is polyarteritis nodosa always an autoimmune disease?

Polyarteritis nodosa: Pan ( poly arteritis nodosa) is a disease of unknown cause.It affects small to medium sized arteries reducing or cutting off blood supply to organs . Men are affected more than women between ages of 30 to 50 . In 25% of patients hepatitis b or c infection is seen. Small and medium arteries are attacked by immune cells . It is immune mediated and exact cause is not known. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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What is kawasaki disease?

Serious illness: KD is an acute febrile vasculitis syndrome of childhood. Also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. Symptoms are fever, rash, conjunctival injection, cervical lymphadenitis, inflammation of the lips and oral cavity, and erythema and edema of the hands and feet. Coronary aneurysms develop in 25% of untreated children. It is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the USA. ...Read more

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What is kawasaki disease like?

What is kawasaki disease like?

KD: Kd is an acute febrile vasculitis syndrome of childhood. Also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome. Symptoms are fever, rash, conjunctival injection, cervical lymphadenitis, inflammation of the lips and oral cavity, and erythema and edema of the hands and feet. Coronary aneurysms develop in 25% of untreated children .It is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the usa. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kawasaki disease?

Blood count, but...: ...The high platelet count you usually see in kawasaki is rarely needed to make the diagnosis. The combination of 5 days of fever, rash, red eyes, and swollen hands, feet, and a lymph node is usually enough. ...Read more

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Please tell me what kawasaki disease is ?

Inflammatory disease: Kawasaki disease is an incompletely understood disease that has characteristics of an inflammatory vasculitis. The cause is unknown. Presentation and symptoms seem most typical for an infection. Successful treatment depends on timely recognition (first ten days) and administration of immunoglobulin. Late treatment may result in coronary aneurysms which can have serious consequences. ...Read more

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How does Kawasaki disease affect the body?

How does Kawasaki disease affect the body?

Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a type of vasculitis (autoimmune inflammatory disease affecting blood vessels) that can cause prolonged fevers, arthritis, rash, cracked dry lips, swollen "strawberry" tongue, enlarged neck lymph nodes, coronary artery aneurysms, swelling in hands & feet, skin peeling, extreme irritability, red injected eyes. "Confused" white blood cells become highly active and attack blood vessels. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kawasaki disease?

Fever over 5 days,: ...Rash, red eyes, red mucous membranes, painful hands and feet, swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can kawasaki disease be passed on to offspring?

Possibly: Since doctors are not sure what exactly causes kawasaki disease, the answer is not known exactly. There are theories about possible infectious causes due to the seasonality of the illness. There are also some possible genetic causes due to a high prevalence in some asian ethnicities especially the japanese. Those genetic factors could be passed to your offspring. ...Read more

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How to help a child suffer from kawasaki disease?

How to help a child suffer from kawasaki disease?

Seek medical care: Kawasaki disease is a serious illness. A child with kd requires specific medical therapy (ivig and aspirin), after which there is prompt clinical improvement. If there is coronary artery involvement then lifelong cardiology care will be required. ...Read more

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What does a child with kawasaki disease look like?

What does a child with kawasaki disease look like?

Unwell: A child with Kawasaki disease is irritable, miserable, "measley" looking although most people don't know measles. The conjunctivitis is bright angry red, the lips are bright, beefy red in color, and there may be rash. High fever for at least five consecutive days is required. ...Read more

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Question- is it possible to treat kawasaki disease?

Yes: New onset kawasaki disease usually responds to one or more IV infusions of gamma globulin followed by high dose Aspirin during the acute phase followed by low dose Aspirin in the later phase.A workup including examination of the heart is done to monitor occasional aneurysms in the heart blood vessels.Later management depends on response to the early rx. ...Read more

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Can kawasaki disease cause death if left untreated?

Can kawasaki disease cause death if left untreated?

Yes: Kawasaki disease can cause heart problems, most notably coronary aneurysms. On occasion a fatal heart attack can be the result. Treatment within 10 days greatly reduces the chances of serious complications. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get kawasaki disease?

How common is it for somebody to get kawasaki disease?

3-4K/yr 80%: According to the AAP report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (Redbook)2009 the incidence is estimated at 3-4 thousand cases /yr in the US, 80% ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Kawasaki disease?

Kawasaki disease: Kawasaki disease is a rare disease of the blood vessels. Symptoms included fever > 5 days, red eyes, swollen red hands and feet, swollen red cracked lips and tongue, swollen neck lymph nodes and body rash. Kawasaki disease can also seriously affect the coronary heart vessels and gallbladder. It most commonly affects children under 8 years old. Cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown. ...Read more

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My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a disease in which the body creates antibodies that fight against our own body. Your brother had high fever for more than 5 days, the doctor couldn't find where the infection was comming from and decided to do blood test; that's where he saw high platelets (a blood component) and made the diagnosis. This disease responds very well to a drug named ivig and then aspirine. ...Read more

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Does the age of a child affect the severity of kawasaki disease?

Possibly: Kawasaki disease has an unknown cause. It can actually cause a "heart attack" in some kids. I had several cases of the disease and one boy had an abnormal ekg. I found that the disease quickly disappeared when i treated these kids with a very high powered organic vitamin. I passed this information on to a professor of pediatrics at a university. He thought that i was crazy! ...Read more

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How do you treat a child with a moderate case of kawasaki disease?

How do you treat a child with a moderate case of kawasaki disease?

IV Gamma Globulin: Kawasaki disease is a disease of unknown cause that can lead to aneurysms in the coronary arteries of the heart. The current standard of care is to treat with IV gamma globulin (ivig) and place the child on Aspirin therapy. A cardiology consult is recommended. I know of no cases of "mild kawasaki disease." either it is present or not. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why are asians most affected with kawasaki disease?

Could use expert help with why are asians most affected with kawasaki disease?

Unknown: Kawasaki disease affects children of all races and ages and both genders. It occurs most often in children of asian and pacific island descent. The disease is more likely to affect boys than girls. Most cases occur in children younger than 5 years old. The basis for these differences is poorly understood but is likely related to genetic factors. ...Read more

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